​It's understood that the Liverpool players urged Jurgen Klopp to pursue RB Salzburg star Takumi Minamino, with the manager also believed to have personally called the player to convince him to join the Reds.

The revelation comes after Liverpool's recent clashes with the Austrian outfit in the Champions League group stages, with the Premier League leaders coming out on top in both games - first winning 4-3 at Anfield before the recent 2-0 win in Salzburg. 

Minamino played a starring role in the game at Anfield - scoring and assisting - before arguably being his side's best player in the recent clash at the Red Bull Arena.

And according to Goal, Liverpool's players were so impressed by his display on Tuesday, that they urged Klopp to bring him to the club - not knowing that the Liverpool hierarchy were already negotiating a £7.25m deal for the Japanese international.

Takumi Minamino

A versatile creator, Minamino is believed to have been on the Reds' radar since 2013 and they now feel that the Salzburg man - who won five successive Austrian Bundesliga titles and four Austrian Cups during his spell at Die Mozartstädter - is a player who could improve the squad at multiple positions and will add crucial depth as Liverpool's season progresses, not merely a talent brought in for commercial gains in the Far East.

With negotiations moving so swiftly over the past month, the club are confident that they've pipped the likes of Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and Milan to Minamino's signature. Calcio Mercato have also reported that Klopp himself has called the player to ensure that he moves to the Merseyside club.

Takumi Minamino

If everything runs smoothly regarding his transfer, we could see the Japanese playmaker debut for the Reds in their clash with Sheffield United on 2 January. However, the Merseyside Derby in the FA Cup third round seems a more likely fixture for Minamino's bow, with Everton travelling to Anfield on 5 January.

Despite this potential bit of early business, Liverpool are still expected to have a quiet January transfer window as they go in search of their maiden Premier League title.